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Andre Ayew: In-form Ghana ace wants to do more than just score goals for Swansea City
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Andre Ayew: In-form Ghana ace wants to do more than just score goals for Swansea City

The 30-year-old wants to have more of an impact on the Jack Army's push for elite division football Swansea City talisman Andre Ayew believes his influence on the team must go beyond simply finding the back of the net as the club continues their chase for Premier League promotion. The Ghana attacker has become a key element in the Jack Army's quest, having become the most trusted source of goals at Liberty Stadium. Last season, he netted 16 times in 46 Championship outings to finish the term as his team's top scorer and most outstanding player. This campaign, he continued just where he left off as he currently stands as the club's top scorer, with six goals in 14 appearances.
Euro 2020: Fixtures to teams, tickets to players, host cities to dates
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Euro 2020: Fixtures to teams, tickets to players, host cities to dates

The road to Euro 2020 is almost complete, and Goal has the complete guide about everything you need to know for next summer's tournament Euro 2020, the 16th edition of the flagship UEFA competition, is being styled as a celebration, with games being held across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ever tournament (though it will strictly be 61 years). The European Championships qualification stage is now complete, despite the future of the tournament was cast in doubt and postponed an entire year thanks to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 features 24 teams - 20 from automatic qualification and the remaining four decided through the play-offs.
Swansea City stay positive on Andre Ayew ahead of Sheffield Wednesday showdown
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Swansea City stay positive on Andre Ayew ahead of Sheffield Wednesday showdown

The Jack Army boss shares the latest update on the fitness of the Ghana captain ahead of midweek's Championship fixture Swansea City are looking to have Andre Ayew back in action on Wednesday following a brief time in the treatment room. The Ghana international sustained a hamstring injury while out on international duty in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, forcing him out of the club's Championship clash with Rotherham United on Saturday. The Jack Army are set to host Sheffield Wednesday in matchweek 13 tie at Liberty Stadium in midweek.
Being a manager is bad for your health, says Dutch legend Van Basten
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Being a manager is bad for your health, says Dutch legend Van Basten

The former AC Milan striker admits that he was "not a good manager" and is pleased to be out of the profession Netherlands legend Marco van Basten has claimed that being a manager is bad for your health. As a player, Van Basten was one of the outstanding forwards of his generation, scoring a memorable goal for the Netherlands in the 1988 European Championship final against the USSR and starring for the likes of Ajax and AC Milan. Injury forced him to retire and, in 2004, he moved into management. He had stints with the Netherlands, Ajax, Heerenveen and AZ, but admits that the job wasn’t for him and he is delighted to no longer be doing it.
Andre Ayew: Swansea City boss Steve Cooper grateful for Ghana star’s performance
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Andre Ayew: Swansea City boss Steve Cooper grateful for Ghana star’s performance

The Jack Army boss reflects on Tuesday's Championship fixture at St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium Swansea City manager Steve Cooper is delighted by Andre Ayew's effort to help the club snatch a 1-1 draw in their English Championship encounter with Coventry City on Tuesday. In his first match after becoming a club centurion on Saturday, the Ghana international netted a 41st-minute goal to draw his side level after Jordan Shipley gave the home side a 19th-minute lead. Swansea came into the game on the back of a surprising 2-1 home loss to Huddersfield Town, a match in which the 30-year-old capped his 100th appearance for the Jack Army with their consolation goal.
‘Saliba Situation Is Bizarre & Loan Talk A Mystery’ – Keown
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‘Saliba Situation Is Bizarre & Loan Talk A Mystery’ – Keown

The Gunners are open to the idea of letting the French centre-half spend the 2020-21 campaign in the Championship, despite giving him no minutes Arsenal’s willingness to let William Saliba leave on loan is “bizarre”, says Martin Keown, with it “a real mystery” why a defender held in such high regard has not been given a chance in 2020-21. The Gunners finally welcomed a promising centre-half onto their books over the summer. Having wrapped a deal with Saint-Etienne some 12 months earlier, those at Emirates Stadium were excited to get Saliba settled into new surroundings. He arrived with a blossoming reputation, along with a £27 million ($35m) price tag, and was expected to be an answer to Arsenal’s issues at the back. The 19-year-old is, however, yet to see a minute...
Juventus coach Pirlo: Morata return was a priority
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Juventus coach Pirlo: Morata return was a priority

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo is delighted with the return of Alvaro Morata. Pirlo insists bringing Morata back from Atletico Madrid was always a priority. He said, “We were waiting for a striker to come in and he's here now. I know Morata well, I was lucky enough to play with him: he was one of our priorities. “On a technical and tactical level, he's the player we were looking for. Pellegrini went to Genoa to get more game time, also in light of next year's European Championship. “De Sciglio's available like he was last week."
Obasi scores on Rheindorf Altach debut against Union Gurten
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Obasi scores on Rheindorf Altach debut against Union Gurten

The former Nigeria international got his maiden goal for Alex Pastoor’s men in Wednesday’s triumph over the third-tier side Chinedu Obasi scored on his debut for Rheindorf Altach in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Union Gurten in an Austrian Cup fixture. Having replaced Marco Meilinger in the 63rd minute, Obasi scored his side’s second goal of the encounter as Alex Pastoor’s team progressed to the next round of the championship. The 34-year-old joined the Austrian Bundesliga side as a free agent after leaving Swedish outfit AIK Solna, who failed to retain him despite scoring five times and boasting of two assists in 18 league outings.  
Golf major winner, John Daly diagnosed with bladder cance
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Golf major winner, John Daly diagnosed with bladder cance

Two-time golf major winner, John Daly has revealed that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.   The veteran American PGA and Champions Tour golfer, 54, told Golf Channel that he received the diagnosis during a doctor visit after battling kidney stones.   “He did a CT with iodine,” Daly said. “They could see everything, said the kidneys are OK, looks like you passed a bunch, doesn't look like any stones are in there. But unfortunately, you have bladder cancer.   “After I did the CT, I was fixing to sip on a Diet Coke and he said, ‘Don’t drink anything. You need to get back in here and get this cancer out of you.’”   Daly said that doctors were able to remove the cancer, but they revealed to him that it would return back.   “He got ...
Ollie Watkins Joins Aston Villa From Brentford
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Ollie Watkins Joins Aston Villa From Brentford

Aston Villa have completed the signing of striker Ollie Watkins from Brentford for a club record fee of £28m, which could rise to £33m with add-ons. Watkins was the Championship’s joint-top scorer last season with 26 goals. The 24-year-old is Villa’s second signing of the transfer window following the £16m arrival of defender Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest. Ollie Watkins scored 26 times as Brentford missed out on promotion to the Premier League in the play-off final “Ollie has developed into one of the most sought-after strikers in the country,” said Villa boss Dean Smith. “We are looking forward to seeing him show his great qualities in an Aston Villa shirt. “He is a hugely determined character who has both the ability and personality to succeed at the highest level.”...
Sobhi: Huddersfield Town confirm offers from Al Ahly, Pyramids and Zamalek
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Sobhi: Huddersfield Town confirm offers from Al Ahly, Pyramids and Zamalek

The Championship club gave an update on the transfer situation of the Egyptian winger Huddersfield Town CEO Mark Devlin has confirmed offers from Al Ahly, Pyramids and Zamalek for the permanent signing of Ramadan Sobhi. The Egyptian Premier League clubs have backed their interest in the 23-year-old winger with formal bids but the Terriers are yet to make a decision. Sobhi has spent the last one-and-half seasons on loan at Al Ahly after struggling to settle in at Huddersfield in 2018.
Wigan put eight past Hull as Tigers suffer worst defeat in more than a century
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Wigan put eight past Hull as Tigers suffer worst defeat in more than a century

The Latics scored seven first half goals in the clash between Championship relegation battlers to set or equal a number of records Wigan's eight-goal triumph over Hull City moved the club closer to Championship survival while setting or equalling numerous records in the process. Hull were hit seven times in the first half of an eventual 8-0 win for Wigan, who recently appealed against their 12-point deduction imposed by the EFL for entering administration. The Latics opened the scoring within the opening minute, with Kal Naismith firing the first of what turned out to be many goals.
Jose Mourinho Speaks on Tottenham Finishing Above Arsenal after 2-1 win
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Jose Mourinho Speaks on Tottenham Finishing Above Arsenal after 2-1 win

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he is not bothered about his side finishing above Arsenal this season. Mourinho was speaking after a 2-1 win over the Gunners on Sunday. “That’s a fan view. I have to be more ambitious than that. “I can even be a bit selfish and say that if the Championship started when I arrived here. Despite all the problems after then, we will probably be fourth or fifth on the table. “But I don’t want to see it from a fan’s view or be selfish. I want to qualify for the Europa League,” he told reporters. Alexandre Lacazette’s opener was cancelled out by Heung-Min Son, before Toby Aldeweireld headed in the winner. Spurs now have 52 points, two more their North London rivals.
Middlesbrough coach Woodgate doesn’t want to face Swansea City’s Andre Ayew again
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Middlesbrough coach Woodgate doesn’t want to face Swansea City’s Andre Ayew again

The Ghana international was among the goalscorers as the Swans thrashed Boro in their backyard Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate says he doesn’t want to come up against the Swansea City trio of Andre Ayew, Rhian Brewster and Conor Gallagher again after they were instrumental in a 3-0 bashing of Boro at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. The game marked the return of Championship fixtures after a halt in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Brewster - who is on loan from Premier League leaders Liverpool, scored first with Ayew providing the assist. The youngster then registered his brace before Ayew made it 3-0 from the spot after Gallagher was brought down in the box by Boro captain George Friend.
Eight Championship Players and Staff Test Positive for Coronavirus
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Eight Championship Players and Staff Test Positive for Coronavirus

The latest round of EFL Coronavirus testing has returned eight positive results from a total of 2213 tests on players and staff in the Championship. In a statement, the English Football League revealed that the eight positive Covid-19 tests are from six clubs and that the tests were carried out from last Thursday until midnight Tuesday. An EFL statement read: “The EFL can confirm that 2,213 players and club staff from the 24 Championship Clubs were tested over the course of the past week with eight individuals testing positive from six Clubs. “Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.” The results fro...
Arteta Lists Reasons Arsenal Lost 3-2 to Brentford in Friendly
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Arteta Lists Reasons Arsenal Lost 3-2 to Brentford in Friendly

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has reacted to his side’s shocking 3-2 loss to Brentford in a friendly on Wednesday evening. Speaking with Sky Sports, Arteta claimed the players were still finding their rhythm and fitness. The Gunners thrashed Charlton Athletic 6-0 in the first friendly last Saturday, but fell to the Championship side in their second warm-up game. Joe Willock opened scoring, but Brentford equalized after the break through Tarique Fosu. Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal back in front, but goals from Halil Dervisoglu and Shandon Baptiste sealed the win. “We’re trying different things. We’re trying to give minutes in their legs to all of the players, obviously you have to change a lot of players through the games. “Getting adapted to playing in an empty sta...
​Aston Villa reignite interest in Brentford winger Benrahma
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​Aston Villa reignite interest in Brentford winger Benrahma

Aston Villa are re-emerging as candidates to sign Brentford star Said Benrahma. The Athletic reports the winger is a key target for Dean Smith, who was the subject of a £14 million bid from Villa last summer. But the Premier League side will have to avoid relegation to make the move happen for the Algeria international. Benrahma has enjoyed a good season in the Championship, scoring ten goals so far. His stock has risen and other Premier League clubs may come in for him as well. The talent managed ten goals and 14 assists last term.
EFL confirms cancellation of League One and Two season
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EFL confirms cancellation of League One and Two season

Coventry City have been declared champions of the third tier while the League Two title will go to Swindon Town League One and League Two clubs have voted in favour of cancelling the rest of the 2019-20 season. The English leagues have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the Premier League and Championship are set to resume the campaign, teams in the third and fourth tiers have voted “by an overwhelming majority” to declare an end to this term.
Bamba ready for restart of Championship – Cardiff City boss Harris
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Bamba ready for restart of Championship – Cardiff City boss Harris

The Ivory Coast international has only featured four times in the English second-tier, having only recently returned from a long injury lay-off Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has revealed Sol Bamba is ‘fine’ and ready for the restart of the Championship. The centre-back has been a consistent performer for the Bluebirds since joining the side in 2016 before he suffered a ligament injury in March 2019. The injury ruled him out from action from the remaining part of the 2018-19 season as his side failed in their quest to remain in the Premier League.
Mark Hughes harbours no ‘sour grapes’ for Moyes over Everton exit
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Mark Hughes harbours no ‘sour grapes’ for Moyes over Everton exit

Mark Hughes knew the moment he needed to leave Everton, even if nobody else saw it coming. Having joined his boyhood club at the age of seven, Hughes had become reserve team captain and was training regularly with the first-team under David Moyes. Signs were promising when, after signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2006, Hughes made his full Toffees debut against Peterborough in the League Cup. A half-time substitute appearance in the next round against Luton Town meant Hughes was on a roll. But even after making his Premier League debut off the bench against West Ham in December, the young centre-back knew his time at Goodison was limited. A month later he decided to take an offer from League One club Northampton Town. Moyes' Everton teams were always dogg...
Relegation from Premier League on points-per-game basis would be unfair, says Neville
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Relegation from Premier League on points-per-game basis would be unfair, says Neville

The former Manchester United defender says it "wouldn't feel right" if Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth were sent down to the Championship Gary Neville says it wouldn’t be fair for Premier League relegation to be decided on a points-per-game basis if the season can’t be completed. While the league’s ‘Project Restart’ plans continue, there remains uncertainty as to whether the sport can return in England, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan saying the city isn’t ready to host Premier League football yet. When France’s Ligue 1 season was curtailed, the final league table was worked out using points per game, with Amiens and Toulouse relegated.
Former Heavyweight Champion, Evander Holyfield Announces his Return to Boxing at 57
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Former Heavyweight Champion, Evander Holyfield Announces his Return to Boxing at 57

Former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield has announced he will return to boxing at the age of 57. The four-time world heavyweight champion will fight in exhibition bouts for charity campaign, 'Unite 4 Our Fight,' in the coming months. Sharing a video of himself training, the 57-year-old revealed he will be raising money for charity campaign Unite 4 Our Fight. "Are you ready? The moment you've all been waiting for. The Champ is back!" he wrote on Wednesday night. "I'd like to announce that I will be making a comeback to the ring. I will be fighting in exhibition matches for a great cause: #Unite4OurFight."   https://twitter.com/holyfield/status/1258136758799171592 Evander Holyfield remains the only boxer in history to win the undisputed ...
Forcing League Restarts Doesn’t make Sense-Blackburn boss Mowbray Said
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Forcing League Restarts Doesn’t make Sense-Blackburn boss Mowbray Said

The Championship has been paused since March due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, with a return to the pitch still up in the air Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray has questioned the wisdom of football's return during the era of social distancing, saying the idea "doesn't make sense". Mowbray's side sat three points outside of the play-off places in the Championship when football was brought to a halt in March due to the spread of the coronavirus. The English Football League has said it remains committed to finding a way to finish the 2019-20 campaign, but it remains unclear if it will be able to do so.  
‘I hated football’ – Ozil & Neuer’s former international team-mate admits playing Bundesliga games on drugs
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‘I hated football’ – Ozil & Neuer’s former international team-mate admits playing Bundesliga games on drugs

Chinedu Ede has retired from football to pursue a career in music, and has admitted to still being under the residual effects of drugs while playing A former international team-mate of Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels has admitted he used to play in the Bundesliga while under the residual effects of drugs. Chinedu Ede was a member of Germany’s victorious 2009 Under-21 European Championship squad, and played in the German top flight for Mainz and Hertha Berlin among other clubs. Now 33, he retired from the game last year and is now pursuing a career in music.
Muntari and Gyan: Awako believes the duo could revive the Ghana Premier League
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Muntari and Gyan: Awako believes the duo could revive the Ghana Premier League

The Great Olympics attacker shares his thoughts on the reported comeback of the two icons to the domestic championship Great Olympics midfielder Gladson Awako believes the Ghana Premier League will immensely improve should the celebrated Black Stars duo Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan return to the top-flight. In the twilight of their careers, the two players have recently been linked to clubs in the championship, having both revealed their desire to grace the league once again before calling time on their playing careers. Muntari, who has had training stints with 19-time champions Hearts of Oak, is reportedly nearing a deal with the Phobians, while Gyan has been linked to 23-time champions Asante Kotoko.
Suker expects Modric to play at Euro 2021 & praises UEFA for moving competition
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Suker expects Modric to play at Euro 2021 & praises UEFA for moving competition

The Real Madrid midfielder will be 35 by the time the tournament comes around but the nation's all-time top scorer is sure he'll be ready to feature Davor Suker has expressed his confidence that Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric will still lead Croatia out at the European Championship next summer, despite the fact he'll be close to his 36th birthday. The former Tottenham star skippered his country to the World Cup final back in 2018, with his performances seeing him claim the Ballon d'Or that year - the first player other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to win the award since 2007. The 34-year-old has seen his game time limited at Madrid in the 2019-20 season, making 14 starts in La Liga as Zinedine Zidane seeks to rotate him with the likes of Toni Kroos and Federico Valver...
Juliet Ibrahim Has Intellect That Can Alleviate Poverty – Denrele Edun
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Juliet Ibrahim Has Intellect That Can Alleviate Poverty – Denrele Edun

Nigerian actor and television host, Denrele Edun reveals Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim has an intellect that can alleviate poverty Taking to instagram, Denrele Edun praised the curvy lady as she has a good way to eliminate poverty in the land He said HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY FELLOW NATIONALITY CONFUSED SISTER; @julietibrahim with an Intellect that can alleviate poverty from the world, an Aura that can cause a climate change and a Smile that can light up Nigeria/Ghana/Liberia/Lebanon (all at once) after dark! I know the value of a “personal person” is not measurable. I know the attention and companionship I’ve gotten from you is priceless! A friend is always valuable, but a BEST FRIEND’S value cannot be counted. So, I cannot even start to tell you how valuable you are to me! J...
‘Bullsh*t!’ – Ziyech seethes over Ajax being denied Eredivisie title
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‘Bullsh*t!’ – Ziyech seethes over Ajax being denied Eredivisie title

The Dutch top flight ended its season on Friday and decided to not name a champion in addition to cancelling promotion and relegation Ajax star Hakim Ziyech has slammed the Dutch Football Federation's (KNVB) decision to not award his side the championship for the 2019-20 season, calling the move "bullsh*t." On Friday the Eredivisie confirmed that its season was over and no champion would be named, denying Ajax the title with Ziyech's side in first place on goal differential over AZ. After Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte ruled this week that all football matches are forbidden until September 1 due to the coronavirus crisis, the KNVB moved quickly to bring the Eredivisie and second-tier Eerste Divisie to an end. The KNVB also controversially ruled that there would be no promotion o...
‘It was a massive regret’ – Defoe admits he was ‘naive’ to hand in transfer request at West Ham
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‘It was a massive regret’ – Defoe admits he was ‘naive’ to hand in transfer request at West Ham

The former England international recalls trying to force a move away from the club following the Hammers' relegation from the Premier League Jermain Defoe has described his decision to hand in a transfer request at West Ham in 2003 as a "massive regret". Defoe began his professional career at West Ham in 1999, and after a brief loan spell at Bournemouth, managed to establish himself as the club's first-choice centre forward. Unfortunately, the Hammers began to slip down the Premier League table in 2002-03, and were ultimately relegated after a 2-2 draw against Birmingham on the final day of the season. Defoe handed in a transfer request less than 24 hours after that result, which the club rejected, and the striker was bombarded with criticism from supporters and experts alike for...
Leeds United to rename Elland Road stand in Norman Hunter tribute
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Leeds United to rename Elland Road stand in Norman Hunter tribute

The 1966 World Cup winner sadly died last week after contracting coronavirus, with the Championship club keen to honour their former player Leeds United are to rename a stand at Elland Road in honour of the late Norman Hunter. The Championship club announced the news on Thursday, just under a week after the 76-year-old died after succumbing to coronavirus. Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds over a 14-year career with the club, proving integral to their success under Don Revie.
Conor Hourihan: I chose Aston Villa ahead of Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham
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Conor Hourihan: I chose Aston Villa ahead of Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham

Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihan has spoken of the offers he had in the Championship. Hourihan caught the eye of former Villa boss Steve Bruce at Barnsley four years ago. He told Going Up, Going Down EFL podcast: "There were some clubs that said If I saw my contract out they'd sign me on a free in the summer. This was way back in the December time. "Listen, I have no problems saying them, it was Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham all the way until probably Christmas time. "I can't go to Sheffield Wednesday, no way. I couldn't ruin the relationship I'd got with [Barnsley]. "Would I have wanted to go down to London with Fulham at the time? I wasn't sure. "Then, around Christmas time, Bruce and Villa came in and I just thought, 'I can't turn down Villa!' "You never know ...
Brighton chief Paul Barber: Everything on table for Premier League finish
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Brighton chief Paul Barber: Everything on table for Premier League finish

Brighton chief Paul Barber says everything is on the table as they seek to end the Premier League season. Barber remains open to all ideas but the plan remains to play out the 2019-20 campaign. He said: “I think in any situation where the norm is taken away, you have to be open-minded to lots of different solution. “I know in Belgium they have cancelled the league and awarded the title to the team currently on top. “They have gone out of their comfort zone and made a decision for their pragmatic reasons. “I don't think any idea is a bad idea in a difficult situation. “But the integrity of the league is, for me, very important in a competition as valuable and as important as the Premier League or, for that matter, the Championship or League One or League Two. “There are...
Aston Villa’s Elmohamady reveals his best moment in England
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Aston Villa’s Elmohamady reveals his best moment in England

The Egyptian superstar has reflected on his first ten years in the English league, while also disclosing the best manager he’s played for Ahmed Elmohamady has revealed Aston Villa’s promotion to the English Premier League is his best moment so far. After a failed attempt in the 2017-2018 season, the ex-Hull star played a key role in the Claret & Blue Army’s return to English top-flight - featuring 41 times and netting twice. In a chat with the Villa media team on the occasion of a decade living and playing in the European country after Egypt in 2010, the defender shared his experiences on what the Championship is like and what it meant earning promotion to the Premier League. “The Championship is a tough league and it’s not easy to get promoted from it,” Elmohamady told V...
‘Our lives have changed’ – Madagascar’s Andriatsima recounts experience in quarantine
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‘Our lives have changed’ – Madagascar’s Andriatsima recounts experience in quarantine

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the 35-year-old is confined to Saudi Arabia and he has described what life in isolation is like Faneva Andriatsima has opened up on what life is like in isolation as football-related activities are suspended across the globe due to Covid-19. The Saudi Arabian Premier League was put on hold with the 35-year-old boasting of just five appearances for new team Al Feiha after a move from Abha. The Madagascan has had to stay in the Asian country as there was no chance for him to travel back home, and he has described the situation as "delicate". “For several weeks, our lives have changed. As the virus spreads in Europe, we started playing matches behind closed doors,” Andriatsima told RFI. “We played two games under these conditions. Then the a...
Rooney Compares Derby County to Man Utd After FA Cup Defeat
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Rooney Compares Derby County to Man Utd After FA Cup Defeat

Derby County striker, Wayne Rooney, has compared the Rams with Manchester United after his side’s FA Cup’s fifth-round 3-0 defeat on Thursday night. The 34-year-old was unable to save Derby County at the iPro Stadium as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men knocked out the Championship side from the FA Cup, thanks to goals from Luke Shaw and a brace from Odion Ighalo. Rooney, a former Manchester United star, said during his time at Old Trafford, the Red Devils always strive to win trophies, and at Derby, they strive to win promotion. “It’s a different league to what I am used to, different ambitions,” Rooney told BT Sport after the game. “At Manchester United, you are always striving to win trophies, and at Derby, we are striving to win promotion. “My role as a coach, having to bal...
Derby County vs Man Utd: Michael Owen Predicts Winner of FA Cup cClash
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Derby County vs Man Utd: Michael Owen Predicts Winner of FA Cup cClash

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid star, Michael Owen, has predicted the outcome of the FA Cup fifth-round match between Manchester United and Derby County. Derby County will on Thursday night host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at the iPro Stadium. Phillip Cocu’s men head to the game after defeating Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 in the Championship last weekend, while United played a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Premier League. “Since his arrival at Derby County from DC United, Wayne Rooney has been a key influence on and off the field for the Championship side,” Owen wrote in his Betvictor column. “Some fans at Old Trafford wished that Rooney had come back to Manchester United instead. “The Man United legend will be keen to torment his old club as they visit Pride Park on Thursda...
Ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is banned and fined £60,000 for racially abusing a black footballer
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Ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is banned and fined £60,000 for racially abusing a black footballer

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Kiko Casilla, who currently plays for Leeds United has been banned for eight games following a five-month investigation into allegations that he racially abused Charlton striker, Jonathan Leko,   The incident occurred during a corner kick in the Addicks' 1-0 win at the Valley in September 2019. Kiko, 33,  reportedly called Leko, 20,  a 'n*****' during a clash between them.   On Friday night, the Football Association announced an eight-game ban for Casilla and  fined £60,000 as well as ordering him to attend a face-to-face education course.     An FA spokesman confirmed: 'Kiko Casilla has been suspended for eight matches with immediate effect, fined £60,000 and must attend face-to-face education after a breach of FA...
Peak Milk’s Unstoppable Para-powerlifters top the Gold Winners at Abuja World Cup
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Peak Milk’s Unstoppable Para-powerlifters top the Gold Winners at Abuja World Cup

Peak Milk has once again demonstrated what nourishment with quality dairy nutrition can accomplish as the Nigerian Para-powerlifting Team emerged overall winners at the just concluded Abuja 2020 Para-powerlifting World Cup tournament, held between 5 - 7 February, 2020. Having also served as qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympic Games, the championship ended with a winning streak for “The Unstoppables” as Nigeria clinched a total of 13 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze medals. Representing the Managing Director of FrieslandCampina WAMCO, makers of Peak Milk, the company’s Marketing Director, Chris Wulff-Caesar said the progression of this team is becoming evident each year, and in 2020, we can truly say that every sports-loving Nigerian is impressed with their results. We are all...
Peak Milk Headlines Abuja 2020 World Para-powerlifting World Cup, Urges Nigerians to be Unstoppable
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Peak Milk Headlines Abuja 2020 World Para-powerlifting World Cup, Urges Nigerians to be Unstoppable

Peak Milk from the stables of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, will be lead sponsor for the Abuja 2020 World Para-powerlifting World Cup, a tournament scheduled to hold in Abuja between 5 -7 February, 2020 and hosted by Her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, First Lady Federal Republic of Nigeria. This para-powerlifting World Cup, a competition for male and female athletes is the qualifying championship to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where the foremost dairy brand, Peak will back the Nigerian para-powerlifting team, “The Unstoppables” to victory. #BeUnstoppable, Peak Milk’s campaign for the competition is in line with the brand’s purpose which enjoins all Nigerians to reach for their Peak. Since 2016, Peak has committed to partnering these brave athletes to achieve even mor...
Anthony Joshua Reveals Talks With Deontay Wilder Over 2020 fight
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Anthony Joshua Reveals Talks With Deontay Wilder Over 2020 fight

Boxing Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has revealed his camp is in talks with undefeated WBC Heavyweight champion for a possible fight later this year. Wilder alongside Fury remains the only top heavyweight fighter that is undefeated, and a clash between Wilder and Joshua or Joshua and Fury will be mouthwatering especially as Fury will be fighting Wilder next month. Joshua could fight at Tottenham’s new stadium in March or April. The IBF have ordered the Nigerian fighter to defend against Pulev, while the WBO want him to face Usyk, and an agreement is yet to be reached on which one of those two will be his next opponent. but Joshua says he wants to fight Wilder later this year and will like a Fury win against Wilder so they could fight in Tottenham's stadium.                    ...
Chelsea Goalkeeper Leaves as Midfielder Returns to Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea Goalkeeper Leaves as Midfielder Returns to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have confirmed that their goalkeeper, Jamal Blackman has left the club to join Bristol Rovers on loan until the end of the season. The Blues also disclosed that midfielder, Lewis Baker, who was a team-mate of Blackman’s last year at Leeds, has returned from his loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf. Chelsea made this known in a statement on their official website on Wednesday. The statement read: “Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman will spend the remainder of this season on loan at Bristol Rovers having returned from his loan at Vitesse Arnhem. “The 26-year-old spent the first half of the season with the Dutch club but his time there was affected by injury. “He began last season on loan in the Championship at Leeds United but having made two Carabao Cup appearances, he suffered a frac...
Man Utd to Pay £25million For 16-year-old
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Man Utd to Pay £25million For 16-year-old

  Manchester United have are close to signing Birmingham starlet, Jude Bellingham, after offering £25million, the Daily Record reports. The 16-year-old has made 24 appearances in all competitions for the Championship outfit so far this season. Several clubs across Europe are also believed to be keen on Bellingham, following a couple of fine performances for Birmingham. United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is desperate to broaden his options in midfield after losing both Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay to injury. And the Norwegian has placed emphasis on focusing on youthful homegrown talent. Bellingham can play either centrally or out wide.
Nigeria Lines up Cyclists for African Championship in Egypt
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Nigeria Lines up Cyclists for African Championship in Egypt

Nigeria will participate in the CAC African Cycling Track Championship, which holds in Cairo, Egypt from January 16- 17. The President of the Nigeria Cycling Federation (NCF) Giandomenico Massari, announced that the team that has been in camp in Abuja since December last year will depart for Cairo on January 14. The delegation will be made up of 10 athletes (six males, four females), two coaches and one mechanic. The team will compete in eight events. They include sprint, individual pursuit, team pursuit, Kerin, Madison, Ominion, 500 meters for female and 1km for male, point race and scratch race. While fielding questions from reporters, Massari expressed optimism that the team will excel in Egypt by improving on their performance at the CAC African Championship in South Afri...
Mikel Arteta Reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 Victory Over Leeds United
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Mikel Arteta Reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 Victory Over Leeds United

Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, has compared playing against Leeds with visiting the dentist. The Gunners put up a poor display in the first half of their FA Cup third-round fixture against the Championship side, before improving after the break to win 1-0. Arteta, speaking to the media after the game at the Emirates, said Leeds “batters a team every three days”. “Now I’m really pleased but we saw two different teams from the first to second half. “I tried to tell them exactly what they were going to face and after 32 minutes we had won one duel, I think. We changed our attitude, desire and organisation at half-time and then we were completely different. “They had to experience how hard and tough it was going to be. “I watched a lot of Leeds games ...
Etebo’s Move From Stoke City Not Completed – Getafe Boss Bordalas
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Etebo’s Move From Stoke City Not Completed – Getafe Boss Bordalas

Getafe boss Jose Bordalas admitted there could be last-minute setbacks as they look to complete the transfer of Oghenekaro Etebo from Stoke City. Both clubs are reportedly in talks over the signing of the Nigeria international on a loan until the end of the season with an option to make the deal permanent. Ahead of Saturday’s La Liga fixture against Real Madrid, Bordalas conceded Etebo’s return to Spain is imminent but not confirmed yet. “The arrival of Etebo is not 100% closed. There can always be last-minute setbacks and that is why I prefer to be cautious,” Bordalas told the media. The 24-year-old midfielder enjoyed a fine debut season with Stoke City in the Championship last season, winning the club’s Player of the Year but he has found regular playing time difficult in M...
Anthony Joshua Shows Off his Muscular Physique During Beach day in Barbados
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Anthony Joshua Shows Off his Muscular Physique During Beach day in Barbados

Anthony Joshua spent the final day of 2019 at a beach in Barbados. The world heavyweight champion stripped down to black swimming shorts and flaunted his muscular physique after taking a dip in the sea. Before the outing, the British Nigerian boxer who cruised to victory in his rematch with Andy Ruiz earlier this month was a guest on the New Year's Eve special of the Graham Norton show, where he was asked which of his rivals he would prefer to fight next. In his reply, Joshua said: 'I really don't know. Either one of them, it doesn't matter. 'The preference would be the champion Wilder because it's a championship fight, but Fury is so talented as well and it's the best of British so why not? I'll fight either one of them. 'The dream would be to go for the fifth belt ...
Radebe: Leeds United legend demands Bielsa’s side secure promotion
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Radebe: Leeds United legend demands Bielsa’s side secure promotion

The former Bafana Bafana centre-back is confident that the Whites will make up for their playoff failure last term by Sizwe Mbebe Leeds United legend Lucas Radebe expects that his former employers will secure promotion to the Premier League this season after their Championship playoff near-miss last term. United, who haven’t been in the top flight since relegation in 2004, were defeated in the playoff semi-finals by Derby County after finishing third in the regular season, having competed for automatic promotion for much of the campaign.
Multiple people struck and injured by lightning at PGA tour championship in Atlanta
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Multiple people struck and injured by lightning at PGA tour championship in Atlanta

The PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta, United States was called off after six spectators were injured as a result of lightning strikes on Saturday August 24.   The sad incident occurred after a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship was struck by lightning which shattered the bark all the way to the bottom. The injured victims include four adults and one female juvenile who had sought shelter beneath the tree after the PGA Tour event was suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area.      "One strike occurred near the maintenance area, while another struck a tree near the 16th tee. Debris from that strike injured six people" the organizers said in a statement.   The five individuals were transported to area hospitals after being treated...
Benik Afobe aiming to score 45 goals at Bristol City
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Benik Afobe aiming to score 45 goals at Bristol City

The DR Congo international revealed his target for the 2019-20 campaign after completing his loan move to Lee Johnson’s side New Bristol City signing Benik Afobe disclosed he is focused on hitting double figures this season and help the club gain promotion to the English Premier League. On Thursday, Afobe joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Championship rivals Stoke City. He struggled to find the back of the net since he moved to bet365 Stadium permanently in January, notching in two goals so far in 21 outings.
Besic joins Sheffield United from Everton on one-year loan
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Besic joins Sheffield United from Everton on one-year loan

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international midfielder joins the top-flight new boys on a temporary basis after spending two years on loan at Middlesbrough Muhamed Besic has left Everton and signed for Premier League newcomers Sheffield United on a loan deal for the 2019-20 season. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international will spend a third consecutive season on loan away from Goodison Park after having played for Middlesbrough in the Championship for the last two campaigns. The defensive midfielder signed for Everton in a £4 million deal in 2014, and has made 37 appearances for the Toffees.